City Council



R.E. Spradlin III, Mayor

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Born to Betty & Ronald E. (Sonny) Spradlin, Ronnie's parents brought him home to a 3 room apartment over East Texas Lumber, the business founded in 1934 by his grandfather, R. E."Shiplap" Spradlin, Sr.. As 12 years of age, Mayor Spradlin worked there for his grandfather during summers and weekends. He eventually became assistant manager upon graduating from college in 1979 and then manager in 1983 and became sole owner of the company in 2001. Ronnie is a lifetime resident of Kilgore attending Kilgore schools and Kilgore College and attained a Finance degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. He is an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Kilgore where he has served in many capacities. His community involvement spans several decades and includes his role as co-founder of Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation and of Kilgore Boys & Girls Club. He also was instrumental in the establishment of the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Hearts Anonymous, and many other community organizations. In 1990, he was named Kilgore’s Citizen of the Year by the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce. He has served as Mayor since 2010.



Merlyn Holmes, Council Member,Place 1

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Merlyn Holmes has been a resident of Kilgore for the past 40 years and is the Director of the East Texas Oil Museum. She received her Associate of Applied Arts from Kilgore College and Bachelor of Business Management degree from LeTourneau University. She has been married to Gene Holmes for 37 years, and they have two married sons, Brent and Greg. Merlyn has served on many non-profit boards and organizations within the City. Listed below are a few of Merlyn’s past and present activities: Planning and Zoning Board, Board of Adjustment, Tourism Advisory Council for Kilgore Chamber of Commerce, Ambucs of East Texas, Physical Therapist Assistant Advisory Board of Kilgore College, President of the Kilgore Main Street Advisory Board, Kilgore Main Street Design Committee, President of United Fund of Kilgore, member of the Kilgore College Police Academy Advisory Board, and Leadership Kilgore. 


Harvey McClendon, Mayor Pro tem, Council Member, Place 2

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Mr. McClendon moved from Houston to Kilgore in 1989 and is co-owner of NTX Insurance Group, Inc/Laird Insurance Agency.  He has a BBA in Finance from the University of Houston and holds an Associate in Risk Management designation with 35 years insurance industry experience.  Mr. McClendon has served on several non-profit boards including the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce (10 yrs, 2002 President), Kilgore United Way (10 yrs, 1998 President), Kilgore Boys Baseball (4 yrs, past VP), Kilgore Youth Basketball (5 yrs) and Kilgore Main Street (5 yrs).  He is an active Deacon at First Baptist Church of Kilgore and is the past Finance Chairman.  Harvey has been married 32 years to his wife, Donna, and they have a son & daughter:  Dallas, 29 and Kelly, 25.


Mike Sechrist, Council Member, Place 3

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Mike was born and raised in Kilgore. Graduated KHS in 1966. Attended TCU on a basketball scholarship and graduated with degrees in Math and History in 1970. Worked in the telecommunications industry for 37 years (Southwestern Bell, AT&T, Lucent Technologies) in numerous cities in the US. Retired from Lucent in 2003 and moved back to Kilgore with family to enjoy the small town life. Has been associated with Kilgore College in the Math Dept. and Workforce Development (teaching a variety of management courses) for 15 years. Active in the life, service and worship of First Presbyterian Church, currently serving as the Financial Administrator. Married to Susan (nee Morrow also from Kilgore) for 47 years, daughters are Lilly, Leigh-Ann, Joan (29 years old) and Kitt (27).


Victor Boyd, Council Member, Place 4

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Born and raised in Kilgore, Victor Boyd graduated from Kilgore High School in 1983, before pursuing and completing a career in the United States Navy, where he served for more than nine years. Reaching the rank of E5 (Petty Officer, Second Class), Boyd's Navy career enabled him to travel and live in other states before returning home to Kilgore 21 years later to begin employment with the Martin Companies. After 11 years in that position, Boyd currently holds the title of primary dispatcher. Boyd has one daughter and two grandsons. He is an active member of the Lions Club and currently serves as vice president of the board of the Rusk County Boys & Girls Club - Kilgore Unit. He also is a member of the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce and is a proud co-founder of the Kilgore Legacy Foundation. A former tee-ball coach, Boyd works with the Kilgore Education Foundation, through which he participates in a weekly literacy program, mentoring a local third-grade student. Mr. Boyd is a member of Union Church of Christ in Easton, Texas.

COMPOSITION AND TERMS:  Five (5) members elected at large - Four (4) Council Members and Mayor.

TERMS:  Two (2) years with the Mayor and City Council Place 2 in odd number years and City Council Place 1, Place 3, and Place 4 in even number years.

QUALIFICATIONS:  The mayor and each of the four council members shall be a citizen of The United States of America and a qualified voter of the City of Kilgore, Texas; shall have resided for at least 12 months next preceding the election within the corporate limits of the city or for 12 months within territory which has been annexed by the city; shall be at least 21 years of age; shall be a qualified voter of Kilgore, Texas; shall make  payment of a filing fee of one hundred dollars ($100) or submittal of a petition for candidacy in lieu of a filing fee and said petition must be signed by not less than  twenty-five (25) qualified voters of the territory from which the office is elected in the most recent mayoral general election.  The mayor or a member of the city council ceasing to possess any of the qualifications specified in this section, or convicted of a felony while in office, shall immediately forfeit his or her office.

COMPENSATION:  The Mayor and each of the four Council members shall recieve no compensation for their positions, but they shall be entitled to all necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties or officially representing the city. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  The City Council, as the governing body of the City, shall enact all ordinances and resolutions.  The City Council is responsible for the policy direction of the City, whereas the City Manager is responsible for administration.  The City Council holds regular meetings twice monthly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Special meetings or worksessions may be called as needed.  Any three members of the City Council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business.